fatalism

noun fa·tal·ism \ ˈfā-tə-ˌli-zəm \
Updated on: 16 Nov 2017

Definition of fatalism

: a doctrine that events are fixed in advance so that human beings are powerless to change them; also : a belief in or attitude determined by this doctrine
  • fatalism that regards social problems as simply inevitable

fatalist

play \ˈfā-tə-list\ noun

fatalistic

play \ˌfā-tə-ˈli-stik\ adjective

fatalistically

play \ˌfā-tə-ˈli-sti-k(ə-)lē\ adverb

Examples of fatalism in a Sentence

  1. Many people seem to have developed a sense of fatalism about the war.

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First Known Use of fatalism

1678


FATALISM Defined for English Language Learners

fatalism

noun

Definition of fatalism for English Language Learners

  • : the belief that what will happen has already been decided and cannot be changed



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